The raft of ex-top seeded players coaching the current tennis talent has given rise to the term “super coach.”
So what do the partnerships between the likes of Becker and Djokovic Lendl and Murray and Edberg and Federer tell us?
Supremely talented he may be, but Djokovic has admitted he still suffers self-doubt and values being able to talk to someone who understands and gives him time.
Becker understands the need for that kind of support commenting “These guys are not machines. They are human beings with emotions, with feelings.”
Djokovic has also commented that when you are playing at the highest level, it is the small pearls of wisdom from a coach which can make a difference...
Some lessons to draw on for the world of work perhaps?
Do you coach your top talent? It is all too easy to assume they are self-sufficient and don’t want support. But even the best need reassurance and the benefit of a sounding board to keep their performance and motivation high.
And as Djokovic shows, coaching does not have to produce radical new approaches or revolutionary thinking to be effective. Sometimes the questions which prompt small changes and fine tuning can make a huge difference.
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